'Truly a shining example to that younger sister
whose self-absorbed wishes
drowned out thoughts of others
for many a long year,
but the passing days
have taught her to honestly treasure
the unselfishness of the elder —
a humble, compassionate soul
instinctively in touch
with her nature purely divine,
a privilege indeed
to call her a sister of mine.'
Copyright © Helena Harper
(from 'Family and More - Enemies or Friends?')
But often, I think, we're so focused on our own daily problems and concerns that we just don't see little opportunities that cost us nothing to brighten someone's day (saying thank you to the postman who delivers the mail come rain or shine, smiling at a stranger, holding a shopping trolley for a young mother, holding open a door etc.) We just go around in a fog that blinds us to them. However, I've found that when one makes a conscious decision to look out for such opportunities, one automatically becomes more aware of them and then one instinctively helps. One is also much more aware of how much one has to be grateful for, because there are always people who are worse off than we are. Would you agree?